EDITORIAL: Canada Day volunteers shine

We would urge residents to get involved in next year's 150th celebrations

Another Canada Day has come and gone, but we still need to recognize those who made this year’s festivities a resounding success.

In Armstrong-Spallumcheen, Enderby, Lumby, Cherryville, the North Westside and Lake Country, dedicated volunteers came together to ensure residents could celebrate this great nation and its 149th birthday.

Whether it was the parade along Enderby’s freshly upgraded Cliff Avenue or the constant entertainment in Armstrong’s Memorial Park, the day was full of memories.

And in Greater Vernon, the newly formed North Okanagan Canada Day Society tackled festivities for the first time and filled the void left by the death of long-time organizer Patrick Nicol in 2014.

There were numerous children’s activities in Polson Park and the evening fireworks at Kal Beach were spectacular. Everyone involved in maintaining a Canada Day tradition in Greater Vernon deserves our praise.

But if we learned anything this Canada Day, it’s the fact that more than just a small group of volunteers is needed behind the scenes.

Planning will soon get underway for next year’s July 1 celebrations.

We would encourage residents throughout the North Okanagan to consider what they can do to get involved and make Canada’s 150th birthday one to definitely remember.